Kayla Coughlin, Liberty, softball

Q&A --

April 15, 2007|By BILL FREE

Liberty senior left fielder Kayla Coughlin has rebounded from a disappointing junior season, leading the team with a .474 batting average. The tri-captain played a key role in the Lions' first victory of the season last week, as she had two hits and scored a run in the 6-5 win over Westminster in nine innings.

Coughlin is the team's leadoff hitter, has not made an error this season and has played three seasons of summer league softball for the Freedom Firebirds, who were coached by Dick Smith, her Liberty coach.

What is the reason for the big turnaround at the plate this season?

I'm a senior this year and a captain of the team. Captains are supposed to get the team pumped. It just gets me pumped if I get the team pumped.

Do you like batting leadoff?

I do, because I get to see the pitchers first. I get to work the pitcher. I've walked eight times this season and only struck out once.

Any big moments this season?

I've caught two tough balls that I had to go back on in left field, and I hit a double.

What does the team need to do to improve this season?

Team unity. We need to be a team more often. Like against Westminster, we played like a team and acted like a team. We need to do that more often.

Any plans for softball in college?

I've been thinking about going to Frederick Community College to play softball. I'll probably play outfield there.

Where do you get most of your hits?

Mostly I hit my fly balls to the opposite field, to center and left field. ... My hits are usually grounders anywhere on the field.

What's your goal for this season?

I want to bring the team closer together and make the team pumped up to win more games. I think if we work at it and cheer people on the rest of the season, it will work out for us. For myself, I would like to keep doing as well as I'm doing in the field and keep getting hits.

Did you ever consider giving softball up last season when you weren't playing that much?

I thought about it but my dad kept me going. It's easy to get down because you think you're not good enough.

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